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Hey there, it’s Rob hatch. And this is simple decisions. One of the things that I like to do is decide before I have to, what I mean by that is if I enter a circumstance or a situation and I haven’t made decisions ahead of time, then I’m more likely to make poor decisions. or be caught flatfooted, so to speak, not knowing exactly what I wanna do.
I’m gonna be swayed more easily. A perfect example of this is if I go to the grocery store and I don’t have a list, I’m trying to maybe think about the things that I want as I’m going in, but, you know, I don’t really have not prepared in any way. Maybe I’m a little hungry, I’m gonna spend more money. I’m going to.
Bad choices. And I’m probably gonna forget something there’s actually research that shows that this is the case, that the opposite is true. If you make a list, if you decide ahead of time, what it is that you need, and you have a list and you go into the store with that list, you’re less likely to forget what it was.
You’re gonna stick to the list and you, and, and in the end you actually spend less money because you’ve decided what it is that you’re going shopping for. super helpful to have that. So decide ahead of time. Decide before you have to is useful in a number of different circumstances. For me, one of the ways that I use it every single day is near the end of my day.
I’ll spend 10 or 15 minutes plotting out what I’m gonna work on. First thing, the next. I look at my calendar, review everything. And I look at the things that I need to prioritize for that day. What projects I need to work on. If there’s any deliverables for clients or anything like that I choose usually to block off a couple of hours and I have three things that I want to work on or three blocks of time, 3 45 minute blocks of time.
So I’m deciding what it is that I’m going to work on. And by having made that decision. When I enter my Workday, things just flow so much easier. It’s the decisions already made. I don’t have to wonder, I don’t have to think about in that moment and, and lose any energy. I can just enter the day and start working on the things that I know that I’ve already decided are the most important things.
So that’s. Find ways to decide before you have to, maybe you, another example might be preparing for an interview or you’ve, you’ve already made decisions about how you’re going to respond to certain questions. You can’t anticipate all the questions, but there’s a good number of them that you can so decide before you have to, how you might respond.
Any part of preparing is another way to decide before you have to, so you’re not caught off guard. You’ve decided how you wanna respond, what you wanna say, what you want to do that. The power of making that simple decision ahead of time. So that in the moment, you know exactly what you need to do, I’m Rob hatch, and this has been simple decisions.